Shirley Jahad Reporter and Host, Weekend Edition

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Shirley Jahad serves as reporter, weekend anchor and host at KPCC: Southern California Public Radio.

An award winning journalist, radio correspondent and news anchor, her work as an anchor and reporter has been honored by the LA Press Club and the Associated Press among other outlets.

Jahad is also a recognized documentary producer, winning the Robert F. Kennedy Award, the National Associated Press Award and others for her work. She traveled to Iran, her parents’ home country, to produce the award-winning documentary, "Dreaming in Farsi." Most recently Shirley has been named a fellow by the International Center for Journalists.

She has also written television documentary stories, including one for the History Channel on the life of Fidel Castro.

Before coming to Los Angeles, Jahad spent many years as a journalist in Chicago. She worked at WBEZ-FM, Chicago Public Radio as a correspondent, anchor, documentary producer, and news executive. She also worked at WTTW, Chicago Public Television as a regular correspondent for the acclaimed program, "Chicago Tonight."

Jahad graduated from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

In her spare time, she dabbles in tap dancing, jewelry making and karate kicking.


Stories by Shirley Jahad

How 'El Chapo' Guzman rose to power

The reign of drug cartel leader Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman ended this weekend after authorities captured him at a hotel in Mazatlán after a 13-year manhunt.

LA jail investigation: Undersheriff Tanaka’s role questioned

An internal sheriff's department email raises questions about the role he played after an FBI informant was uncovered in the jail system.

Jamzilla starts causing traffic headaches on the 10 Freeway

"Jamzilla" was slow make an impact Saturday morning, but my late morning it had started jamming up the 10 Freeway, according to a local wire service.

Angelenos bit by love bug during Metro Valentine's speed-dating

Metro hosted its first speed-dating event for Angelenos hoping to get struck by Cupid's red arrow this afternoon.

LA Metro introduces speed-dating train for Valentine's Day

A little love is coming to public transit when the Red Line hosts speed dating for interested riders on Valentine's Day.

How to check if your Prius is part of Toyota's recall (updated)

Toyota said Wednesday that some 713,000 Prius cars in North America were among those being recalled for a software problem. Here's how you'll know if yours is on the list.

The Broad will now open in 2015; details of new plaza released

Complications in building the museum's exterior have led to construction delays. A new plaza described as a green oasis in downtown Los Angeles will open this fall.

Sochi Winter Olympics: Southern California athletes compete

The Winter Olympics kicked off in earnest following Friday night's opening ceremonies, and NBC4's Whit Johnson reported from Sochi and spoke with KPCC.

Jamzilla: Metro does Reddit AMA to defend 405 holiday closure

If you're wondering why officials chose the upcoming combined Valentine's Day/President's Day holiday weekend for "Jamzilla," you're not alone

It's Ontario vs Los Angeles in battle over airport

The city of Ontario is moving forward with its lawsuit against the city of Los Angeles over control of the Inland Empire airport.

Lawsuit over control of Ontario airport lands back in court

LA World Airport ​officials insist the Great Recession prompted airlines to cut service in 2008. Ontario accuses LA World Airports of pushing business exclusively to LAX.

Southern California gets a (very) little bit of rain

The National Weather Service reports that as of 4 a.m. Monday most rainfall totals amounted to just hundredths or tenths of an inch.

Colby Fire: 3 men indicted, face federal charges

A federal grand jury Friday afternoon found there was sufficient evidence to indict the men on two felonies and four misdemeanors.

Storm drops about 2 inches of snow on Big Bear

There is up to 18 inches of mostly manmade snow on the ski runs. But just off to the side, the view is of green pines and grassy mountainsides.

Colby Fire: Man accused of starting fire ordered into drug treatment

A federal judge Wednesday ordered one of the men accused of starting the Colby Fire near Glendora to be held in a residential drug treatment facility.